LISTEN: Christianity and the Constitution, Part 1 (The Lord & the Law #1 with Danae Mary Louise Whyte)

Welcome to the first episode of The Lord and the Law. My name is Danae Whyte and this podcast is designed for those interested in the spiritual underpinnings of one of American society’s great foundations — the law. As much as secularists and others with varying agendas and opinions have tried to expunge any signs of Christian influence from legality down through the years, the fact remains that God, in His infinite wisdom and holiness, furnished the law for humanity’s benefit. Sure, we’ve extrapolated it in some areas, but without the Lord there would be no basis for the law. James 4:12 reads, “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” As America’s founders acknowledged in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, our “unalienable rights” — among them being “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” — are “endowed” by the Creator God and are firmly upheld on this earth based upon the “laws of nature and of nature’s God.”

The scripture passage for this episode is Proverbs 14:34 which reads: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

The quote for this episode is from George Washington. He said: “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to emplore His protection and favor.”

In this podcast, the first book we are using as our text is “Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of Our Founding Fathers” by John Eidsmoe.

Eidsmoe writes in the Introduction:

“It is really an assembly of demigods,” Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Adams. Later Jefferson added, “A more able assembly never sat in America.” Nor, we may add, has a more able assembly ever sat since.

Most of America’s great minds assembled as the Great Convention in Independence Hall in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, to propose changes in America’s plan of government. The men were hopeful; they intended to pool their learning and wisdom, draw from the best of past governments and thinkers, and perhaps try a few new ideas. They had experienced tyranny under Great Britain with a government that was too powerful. They had fought a major war to be freed from that oppression. They had experienced anarchy under the Articles of Confederation which created a government that was too weak and the nation had nearly collapsed as a result. So they hoped to formulate a system of government powerful enough to prevent anarchy but appropriately restricted to prevent tyranny.

Right from the beginning, the convention was beset with problems. First, the convention was without funds. The delegates who came did so at their own expense. Second, the convention began with only seven of the thirteen states represented, some by a partial delegation. Eventually, more delegates arrived, although some also left. Finally, twelve of the thirteen states were represented. Rhode Island chose not to participate. How could a new nation be formed with so little cooperation and enthusiasm?